This is hands down the best aquarium I’ve ever visited. I’ve shared some of the aquariums I’ve visited before on my previous posts but this one is just on a league of its own! Home to more than 100,000 marine animals from across 800 species in habitats spanning 42.8 million liters of water, Southeast Asia Aquarium (S.E.A. Aquarium) is one of the world’s largest aquariums. What makes it special though is not its size, but the way it maps out your marine experience. It takes you through 10 different zones following the route taken by seafarers for millenia. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by a shipwreck, a discovery touch pool where you can get closer to sea stars, sea cucumbers and more; a cylindrical marine habitat called the coral garden; an ocean dome where you can watch giant mantra rays glide above and beside you; and my favorite, an ocean gallery that measures 36m wide, where you can fully immerse in the enthralling views of the open ocean habitat. S.E.A. Aquarium clearly pulled out all the stops, even consisting of an Ocean Restaurant where you can feast on signature dishes while enjoying a spectacular view of the open ocean around you and two-storey Ocean Suites which are luxury accommodations that offer you a one of a kind underwater living experience with all of this as your view.
I’m not a huge fan of aquariums, but it was hard not to get blown away by S.E.A. Aquarium. Going around this place didn’t feel like I was on a field trip. I actually lost track of time and spent longer inside than what I expected!